In the first game of the day, the Detroit Lions had themselves a great day in their dome. The Lions thoroughly manhandled Mark Sanchez and the Philadelphia Eagles, to the tune of a 45-14 beatdown. Matt Stafford threw for five touchdowns after a somewhat slow beginning, and Calvin “Megatron” Johnson went off, with 93 receiving yards and three touchdown grabs. Looks like he’s healthy again, and the Lions have won three in a row.

Brett Favre returned home to Lambeau to have no. 4 retired.

Under the dome in Dallas, the second game of the day was a blowout as well. The Carolina Panthers defense got off to a quick start, pulling off two pick-sixes against the CowboysTony Romo. Then Cam Newton and the Panthers’ offense got settled in, and the Dallas defense had no answer for them. The final score was 33-14, and it was more decisive than that. The Panthers’ win was their 15th regular season win in a row, a streak which is tied for the longest by an NFC team since the merger. Meanwhile, the Cowboys lost more than a game: they lost quarterback Tony Romo again, this time for the season. Romo was sacked on the last play of the third quarter, and he landed on the same collarbone he broke earlier this season. He reportedly thought it might be broken as soon as he landed, and it seems the Cowboys just don’t have much luck this year.

The nightcap was the only close game of the night, and it came down to the wire. In a surprise turn of events, Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears came back against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, in a downpour that was at times torrential. An Eddie Lacy fumble turned the tide in the Bears’ favor, and the Bears’ defense hung on for a fourth-and-goal stop with mere seconds to go for a 17-13 win. Packers fans had a brief scare in the second half, as Rodgers took a helmet to his non-throwing elbow and was checked out by team doctors. But he returned to the game, leading his team nearly the length of the field on their last drive before coming up just short. But the real story of the night at Lambeau took place at halftime. With Packers legend Bart Starr in attendance, the Packers brought in legend Brett Favre and retired his famous number 4. The fans were manic with excitement, and the excitement hit a crescendo when Favre and Star shared a few words along with an embrace. For years to come, Packers fans will tell of where they were when Favre’s name and jersey number were officially enshrined in the original home of the Lombardi Trophy.

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